The Dabanyin land has plenty of good sand, so we are making our own bricks to build with.
The bulldozers moved the soil and pushed the sand into a pile. The workers brought in a poly tank to store water being pulled to the site with long garden hoses form the adjacent school. The appropriate mixture is made, shoveled and packed into the molds. The molds are removed and the blocks dry in the sun.
The blocks are then transported by wheelbarrow and placed in strategic piles around the building site. Yikes! Very hard work.
One day, to encourage our tiring bodies, I divided the 16 block movers into 4 teams of 4 and issued a challenge:
20 Ghana cedi ($10) to the team that can transport the most bricks from here to there in 10 minutes.
Each team had to have one obruni (white man): I was on one team, Coleson (my son) was on one team, Mario (my son) was on one team, and Austin (my son-in-law) was on one team. All other team members were local workers. Mario’s team won, two days in a row! It lifted our spirits and accelerated the work, but it sure wore us out. We were tired (or maybe I should say, this old man was tired)!